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This is a series of Bible Commentaries for pastors, elders and Bible Study leaders in the developing world or for people who speak English as a second language.

The idea of these materials is to help Second Language English speakers. We want them to help people who speak less English. You should use them together with any other standard English translations or commentaries that you have available. We do not intend that you should use our version alone. You should not use it as your only start for a new translation into another language.


√  Genesis: It all begins with God
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Genesis. Written by Marie Wetherill and Keith Simons. May 2006. Note: This file is large and could be slow to download - it is also available in four smaller parts [or you can download it in RTF or ZIP format]

√  Genesis: God's Ancient People
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Genesis. Written by Alun Owen. November 2004. Note: This file is large and could be slow to download - it is also available in four smaller parts [or you can download it in RTF or ZIP format]

√  Exodus: Israel becomes a nation
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Exodus. Written by Hilda Bright and Kitty Pride. Published 2013. In 2 parts:

√  Leviticus: Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Leviticus. Written by Gordon Churchyard. July 2010. Note: This file is large and could be slow to download - it is also available in four smaller parts [or you can download it in RTF or ZIP format]

√  Numbers: In the Desert
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Numbers. Written by Marion Adams. February 2009. Note: This file is large and could be slow to download - it is also available in three smaller parts [or you can download it in RTF format]

√ Deuteronomy: God's law of Love [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Deuteronomy. Written by Philip Smith. November 2012.

√  Joshua: Come in, and receive God's Promises! [or download in RTF format] (maps)
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Joshua. Written by Brian Rowlands. April 2005.

√  Judges: Life Without Law [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Judges. Written by Philip Smith. January 2005.

√  Ruth: Ruth Obeys God and Finds Love [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Ruth. Written by Hazel Rea and Chris Gladwell. July 2004.

√  Ruth: There is a Redeemer [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Ruth, written in Level A EasyEnglish (1200 words). Written by Gordon Churchyard. Latest version February 2007.

√  1 Samuel: Israel's First King [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of 1 Samuel. Written by Helen Pocock. August 2002.

√  2 Samuel: David, the Great King of Israel [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of 2 Samuel. Written by Helen Pocock. March 2006.

√  1 Kings: God's Lessons from History [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on 1 Kings. Written by Philip Smith. September 2007.

√  2 Kings: The Last Kings of Israel and Judah [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of 2 Kings. Written by Philip Smith. March 2009.

√  1 Chronicles: God rules History
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of 1 Chronicles. Written by Ian Mackervoy. April 2009. Note: This file is large and could be slow to download - it is also available in three smaller parts [or you can download it in RTF format]

√  2 Chronicles: God Desires Loyal People
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of 2 Chronicles. Written by Ian Mackervoy. November 2010. In 2 parts:

√  Ezra: The Jews return to Jerusalem [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Ezra. Written by Robert Bryce. July 2008.

√  Nehemiah: The Jews build Jerusalem’s city wall again [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Nehemiah. Written by Robert Bryce and Robert Betts. October 2006.

√  Esther: God is in Control [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Esther. Written by Robert Bryce. Revised February 2006.

√  Job: Job, a servant of God [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Job. Written by Keith Simons. November 2005.

Psalms: The Psalms of David
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Psalms, based on Level A EasyEnglish (about 1200 word vocabulary). Written by Gordon Churchyard. 2001- 2002.

√  Proverbs: Lessons about Wisdom
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Proverbs. Written by Keith Simons. Revised November 2005. Note: This file is large and could be slow to download - it is also available in three smaller parts [or you can download it in RTF or ZIP format]

√  Ecclesiastes: The Teacher searches for the purpose of our lives /// NEW /// [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes. Written by Hilda Bright and Kitty Pride. November 2013.

√  Song of Songs: The Bible's Love Poem [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the Song of Songs. Written by Keith Simons. August 2009.
Bible students disagree about the meaning and about the purpose of the Song. The purpose of this commentary is to explain the subjects that are clear in the Song.

√  Song of Songs: How to Love God with All Your Heart [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the Song of Songs. Written by Keith Simons. November 2005.
This commentary deals with the Bible text like a picture in words about God's love.

√  Song of Songs: A Wonderful Song about Love [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the Song of Songs. Written by Mark Kirkpatrick. February 2006.
This commentary deals with the Bible text literally as a love song.

√  Song of Songs: The Beautiful Woman behind the Veil [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the Song of Songs. Written by Sarah Ruth. March 2012.
This commentary also deals with the Bible text literally as a love song but it is in simpler English.

√  Isaiah: God controls the Nations
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Isaiah. Written by Norman Hillyer. October 2007. In 7 parts:

√  Isaiah: New Heavens and a New Earth
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Isaiah. Written by Gordon Churchyard. September 2009 to December 2012. In 8 parts:

Jeremiah:
Our Commentary on Jeremiah is currently in course of preparation. In the meantime, you can see all the EasyEnglish resources about Jeremiah from our Jeremiah Book List.

√  Lamentations: Jeremiah Weeps in the Darkness [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Lamentations. Written by Roy Rohu. December 2004.

√  Ezekiel: 'They shall know that I am God'
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Ezekiel. Written by Ian Mackervoy. August 2008. Available as these parts:

√  Daniel: The Men who were Loyal to God [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Daniel. Written by Robert Bryce. Revised March 2007.

√  Hosea: The Man who Never Stopped Loving [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Hosea. Written by Mark Kirkpatrick. July 2002.

√  Joel: The Day of the Lord [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Joel. Written by Roy Rohu. May 2005.

√  Amos: The Man with a Difficult Message from God [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Amos. Written by Mark Kirkpatrick. November 2003.

√  Obadiah: The Lord is King [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Obadiah. Written by Philip Smith. May 2004.

√  Jonah: The Man who Disagreed with God [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Jonah. Written by Mark Kirkpatrick. May 2001.

√  Micah: Micah speaks a Message from God to all the Nations [download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Micah. Written by Les Painter. January 2007.

√  Nahum: Nahum, Prophet of Comfort [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Nahum. Written by Gordon Churchyard. December 2006.

√  Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah: The Problem of Assyria 
[or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the books of Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah, written in Level A EasyEnglish (1200 words). Written by Gordon Churchyard. February 2007.

√  Haggai: Never Give Up! [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Haggai, written in Level A EasyEnglish (1200 words). Written by Gordon Churchyard. July 2007.

√  Zechariah: God Remembers His Promises [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Zechariah, written in Level B EasyEnglish. Written by Gordon Churchyard. November 2005.

√  Malachi: My Messenger [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Malachi, written in Level B EasyEnglish. Written by Gordon Churchyard. May 2005.

√  Matthew: Matthew's Good News [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Matthew's Gospel. Written by Hilda Bright. May 2005.

√  Mark: Mark's Good News [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Mark's Gospel. Written by Hilda Bright. April 2006.

√  Mark: Christ in Mark's Gospel [or download in RTF format]
A Bible commentary on Mark's Gospel, without translated Bible text. In very simple English (1200 word vocabulary). Written by Keith Simons. March 2010.

√  Luke: Luke's Good News [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Luke's Gospel. Written by Hilda Bright. June 2002.

√  Luke: The Man Christ Jesus
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Luke. Written by Ian Mackervoy. November 2010 to December 2013. Published in 5 parts.

√  John: John tells the Good News about Jesus [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the Gospel of John. Written by Marion Adams. November 2006.

√  Acts: Good News for Everyone [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Acts. Written by Marion Adams. April 2005.

√  Romans: Paul's letter to the Romans [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's letter to the church in Rome. Written by Hilda Bright and Keith Simons. June 2007.

√  1 Corinthians: Servants of Christ [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's first letter to the Church in Corinth. Written by Hilda Bright. December 2004.

√  2 Corinthians: God shows his Power when we are Weak [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's second letter to the Church in Corinth. Written by Philip Smith. June 2005.

√  Galatians: Christ has made us Free [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's letter to the Churches in Galatia. Written by Helen Pocock. November 2005.

√  Galatians: Continue to Believe the Truth [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's letter to the Churches in Galatia by Roy Rohu. Revised November 2006.

√  Ephesians: Christian Belief and Behaviour [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's letter to the Ephesians. Written by Cynthia Green and Les Painter. February 2005.

√  Philippians: Letter of Joy [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's letter to the Philippians. Written by Hilda Bright. Revised September 2006.

√  Colossians: Christ has Everything that you Need [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's letter to the Colossians. Written by Helen Pocock. August 2003.

√  1 Thessalonians: When Jesus Christ comes [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians. Written by Ian Mackervoy. August 2003.

√  2 Thessalonians: The Lord has not come yet [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians. Written by Ian Mackervoy. July 2003.

√  1 Timothy: How to be a Leader in the Church [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's first letter to Timothy. Written by Ian Mackervoy. October 2003.

√  2 Timothy: How we should Encourage each other to do God's Work [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's second letter to Timothy. Written by Ian Mackervoy. October 2003.

√  Titus: A Guide for Christian Leaders [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's letter to Titus. Written by Hilda Bright and Helen Pocock. March 2004.

√  Philemon: A Very Precious Letter [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Paul's letter to Philemon. Written by Keith Neville and Marion Adams. July 2004.

√  Hebrews: How can I get to Heaven? [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the letter to the Hebrews. Written by Ian Mackervoy. May 2001.

√  James: What faith should do [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the letter of James. Written by Ian Mackervoy. February 2003.

√  1 Peter: More Precious than Gold [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Peter's first letter. Written by Helen Pocock. December 2001.

√  2 Peter: Jesus will Return [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on Peter's second letter. Written by Hilda Bright and Helen Pocock. May 2004.

√  1 John: How can I be Sure? [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on John's first letter. Written by Ian Mackervoy. April 2005.

√  2 John: How to live in the Truth [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on John's second letter. Written by Ian Mackervoy. April 2005.

√  3 John: Encourage those who do Good Work [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on John's third letter. Written by Ian Mackervoy. April 2005.

√  Jude: Danger from False Teachers [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the letter of Jude. Written by Norman Hillyer. September 2008.

√  Jude: Fight for the Faith! [or download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the letter of Jude. Written by Hilda Bright. November 2002.

√  Revelation: From Now to the End of Time [download in RTF format]
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Revelation. Written by Ian Mackervoy. July 2006.


Commentaries marked like this √ have been through our Advanced Checking process. We have found it to be the consistent view of experienced translators that the logical connection of thoughts is very important in bible translation. For this reason, these documents contain, in places, sentences that are slightly more complex than a strict interpretation of EasyEnglish grammar rules would allow.

We invite you to download, print, and use any of these commentaries free of charge, but you must include the Copyright Statement included in each document. They are written in Level B EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) unless it says otherwise.

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